Updated: July 11, 2013
Editor’s Note – Nov. 13, 2013 – Microsoft announced that in mid-December of 2013, Eric Rudder will transition to a new role as Executive Vice President, Advanced Strategy, while Harry Shum will take on the role of Executive Vice President, Technology & Research. Rudder will remain a valued member of the Senior Leadership Team.
Eric Rudder is executive vice president of Microsoft’s Advanced Strategy and Research group, responsible for the company’s overall technical strategy, technology policy and forward-looking development efforts. He oversees Microsoft Research, one of the world's premier computer science research organizations, as well as the company’s Trustworthy Computing group, Technology Policy group, Startup Business group, and the Strategic Software and Silicon Architectures team.
Previously, Rudder served as senior vice president of Server and Tools and was responsible for leading the company's outreach to the developer community. Rudder and his team delivered the overall programming model for the .NET platform and created the best tools for the developer and designer communities.
Rudder also served as vice president of Technical Strategy working directly with Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates on the company’s technical planning. His past roles at Microsoft have spanned networking, operating systems and developer tools in both leadership and technical capacities.
Rudder grew up in New York and graduated with honors from Brown University in 1988. He currently lives in Seattle with his wife and two children. He is active in several charitable organizations, including Youth Theater Northwest.